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Cuenca, Spain

How to get from Madrid to Cuenca and what to do when you get there.

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Hanging Houses in Cuenca

Hanging Houses in Cuenca

Image: (c) Javier Losa

How to Get from Madrid to Cuenca

  • Cuenca is now on the Madrid to Valencia high-speed AVE train. Book Train Tickets in Spain.
  • The Avanza bus company runs frequent buses to Cuenca from the Mendez Alvaro bus station. The bus takes about two hours.
  • There are also buses from Toledo to Cuenca with the Aisa bus company (note: not Alsa). The journey also takes about two hours.

See also: Pictures from Cuenca

How to Get from Valencia to Cuenca

The best way to get from Valencia to Cuenca is by the AVE train. Prices vary greatly. The journey should take about one hour. Book here: Rail Europe (you may need to search for Cuenca Fernando Zobel, the new AVE train station).

What to Do in Cuenca

  • Hanging Houses The casas colgadas are the most famous sights in Cuenca. The buildings, one of which features the Museum of Abstract Arts perch on the edge of steep cliffs.
  • Contemporary Art Museum A second reason for modern arts fans to visit Cuenca.
  • El Castillo The remnants of an Arab fortress.
  • The Mangana Tower The ever-changing Mangana Tower has been rebuilt a number of times over the centuries. Its origins are unclear.
  • Excellent paella The Posada Real de Santa María's paella was named the best paella in the world at the 53rd International Paella Competition in 2013.
  • Cathedral Neo-gothic and French influence in the city cathedral.

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